Augmentation rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that is performed to enhance facial symmetry by altering the shape of the nose. Facial symmetry – or how the right and left side of the face relate to each other – is important in making a person look more attractive. It is said that people with perfect or near perfect symmetry not only appear to be more beautiful but also have a more approachable look than others.
Depending on its placement, size, and shape, the nose plays an important role in defining the shape of the entire face. For example, a person can look approachable or snobbish depending on the length of the nose. The shape of the nasal bone can also make your face appear slim or fat depending on its thickness.
Augmentation rhinoplasty can be done to boost a person’s attractiveness or to repair structural abnormalities. It requires the use of additional materials to enhance the shape of the nose. This procedure is beneficial to people born with insufficient structural support or those who have been in an accident that caused deformations of the nose.
Nasal grafts may be used to enhance the following:
$1,000 to $6,800
As previously mentioned, having a realistic expectation about what can and cannot be done is the key to having a successful procedure. You want to have a detailed discussion with your doctor prior to going in for your appointment.
Part of this discussion would include the possible use of grafts. Grafting is a surgical procedure done to move tissue from one area of the body to another. It can either be autologous or non-autologous. Autologous grafts are harvested from the person’s own body. Cartilage from the septum, ribs, or ear can be used to reshape the nose. In some cases, bone can also be grafted from the rib, leg, or hip bones.
Non-autologous grafts are also called artificial grafts. These are medical grade devices often made up of silicone and a biocompatible substance called ePTFE.
Depending on your unique needs, your doctor may opt to perform an open or a closed rhinoplasty.
An open rhinoplasty is performed with a small incision on the fleshy column between the nostrils called the columella. This is considered to be the more precise among the 2 options primarily because the surgeon can better visualize the anatomy of the nose. An open rhinoplasty takes longer to perform and leaves a small scar.
In a Close Rhinoplasty, the surgeon places the incisions inside the nostrils thereby no visible scars can be seen from the outside of the nose. While having no scars may seem inviting for some, this would also mean that the surgeon has less access to the inner parts of the nose.
Just like any other surgical procedure, you will need to undergo a couple of laboratory and diagnostic tests to ensure that you’re at your best before the surgery.
If you have existing medical problems such as hypertension or diabetes, you may need to visit your primary physician before you schedule your procedure.
You are also advised to stop certain medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin a few days prior to your surgery. This is to reduce the risk of post-operative complications such as bleeding. Active infections also need to be resolved before the procedure can be scheduled.
Choosing the right doctor is key in ensuring a smooth post-operative phase. Aside from having the right skillset, a qualified doctor will provide the education and support needed to make this a problem-free experience for you.
Here are some post-treatment tips for you:
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Your doctor will tell you about the risk and side effects of augmentation rhinoplasty. Just like any other surgery, there is a risk for bleeding, allergic reactions, infection, and untoward reaction to anesthesia.
Other potential side effects include:
Will I be asleep during surgery?
An anesthesiologist will be with you throughout the procedure. Choice of anesthesia – local or general – will be discussed prior to your surgical appointment. You should be comfortable before, during and after the procedure. Patient education also includes pain management and care.
How long will I be in the hospital?
A typical augmentation rhinoplasty procedure endures for about 1.5 to 2 hours. You may be kept in the recovery area until you’re awake and stable enough to be sent home. You will be given instructions about how to navigate the post-op phase at home.
Will I be in pain?
Your doctors will make sure you’re comfortable throughout the experience. However, you should also expect mild to moderate pain after the surgery. Medications will be prescribed to help control pain and swelling.
What is the recovery time for the procedure?
The recovery period is set between one to two weeks. You should also expect to wear bandages for a few days.
What are the risks and complications of this procedure?
Your surgical team will do their best to mitigate the risks before your surgery. However, there are still some risks that may occur such as: infection, nerve injury, asymmetry, and delayed healing.
In some cases, revision surgery may need to be done. However, if the complications are managed well, a silicone implant will last a lifetime.
How do I prepare for surgery?
Your surgical team will help you prepare for the surgery. You will need to stop smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages 2 weeks before the procedure to make sure your body is at its best.